Suzi's Blog

Brian’s Chili Nuts

“What are you blogging today?” my wife Suzen asked me. I don’t get asked every day and when I am asked, it comes in two forms. There is the “I’m curious what you are going to please people with today” voice that I love. And, then, of course, there is the “One more cocktail or…

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Hot Chili Sauce Testing, Round 1

  I’ve begun my great hog dog chili sauce tests using the recipes in Haute Dog by Russell Van Kraayenburg. I made his basic, classic chili sauce — the recipe is repeated below. In a word, it’s hot. Blazingly hot. No, it is nothing like Roakes in Portland. But I did learn one thing: Roakes…

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Classic Hot Dog Chili Sauce from Haute Dog by Russell Van Kraayenburg

For many of us, a “hot dog” really means “chili hog dog.” In Haute Dog, Russell Van Kraayenburg offers dozens of hot dog recipes, from both the United States and around the world. The US versions are often slathered in chili sauce. I have fond memories of Roakes in Portland, Oregon, and I’m always in…

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Power Breakfast: Mexican Style

    Power. Our lives revolve around power. Not the Con Ed power. The power of people, organizations and nations. Our lives are shaped by power and we endlessly debate and classify power: economic, military, cultural, …. You can read or hear the debates about American power. We are dead, we will rise again, we…

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